A few months ago, I saw that a woodworking YouTuber I followed had an “Amazon Influencer” page. I guess this is what replaces Amazon’s “custom store” feature from a few years ago. We had such a “store” page, and it was clunky, ugly, and pretty useless.
More on that in a moment, but here’s the link if you want to see our new page right away.
In recent years, Amazon came out with a new on-page widget, which we’re still using, although I still consider it to be an experiment.
(As you should know, ToolGuyd is Amazon affiliate. Buy something through a specially tagged link, and we earn a small referral fee.)
So for the on-page widget thing, I decided that I didn’t want Amazon showing ads automatically, or guessing what readers might be interested in purchasing. So I made it a “Top Tool Picks” list of 4 items.
The idea was that I would regularly pick 4 tool recommendations and refresh the list.
I last picked 4 recommendations in March. March 2017. Yikes. Maybe I should look into the widget settings again, to see if the Amazon-selected search results or recommendations are a better alternative.
And when did my 4 recommendations turn into 3? I should look into that, but to be honest, it’s not on the top of my list to tinker with these things.
So back to the “Amazon Influencer” page thing. I signed up and was approved. That was maybe 4 months ago. I got an email today basically saying “use it or lose your custom URL page.”
I found the program to be interesting, although I’m not quite sure what to do with it. It’s one more thing to keep track of, but there are potential benefits, I guess.
So, to make things interesting, I added some products to our Amazon Influencer page.
Here it is: ToolGuyd’s Amazon Page
I populated the page with the 5 tool-related items I most recently purchased from Amazon.
Maybe I should have written a post about these 5 things instead. In addition? I’ve got a lot of my plate these days. My kids were sick, I was sick, my kids were sick again, and I have a ton of things to do. But after having to think of a few tools to pop into our Amazon Influencer page, maybe I should work out a post about the items for tomorrow.
I’ll have to change the title of the page, too. I had guessed that I’d use our page to show off some of our favorite and most-recommended tools, but I can only say that about one of the items currently on that page, at least at the time being.
I wonder now – should this page be for product recommendations and favorites, or maybe I could continue to use it in a “what I’ve been buying” capacity. *shrug*
I’m open to ideas. How do we make this useful or interesting, so it’s not just a “here are products you should consider buying so that we could earn a little extra revenue” kind of thing, because that doesn’t seem very good to me.
If it’s not fun for anyone, it’ll end up being untouched for a year, like the “ToolGuyd recommendations” widget thing at the bottom of posts, below the comments section.
Our Page(on Amazon)
The link is https://www.amazon.com/shop/toolguyd . I didn’t want to risk losing my “toolguyd” URL, and so I figured it’s a good time to finally add some tools to my list.
I guess I could use it in social media, which is how it’s intended to be used. We’ll see.
Maybe I should be more regular at posting about my random “tool picks,” and use the Influencer page as a sort of archive of previous favorites and recommendations.
P.S. You might notice that I placed an order for a Picquic Dash 7 to try out. I’m always open to review suggestions! We talked about EDC screwdrivers the other day, and while familiar with Picquic drivers, this one might have been previously unknown to me. Either that, or I dismissed it for some reason. But given its 1/4″ hex 2″ power bit compatibility, I couldn’t resist not giving it a try now.